RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- When California Baptist University takes to Kearney, Neb., for the UNK Midwest Duals Saturday, it will look to move back into the NCAA Division II rankings.
The Lancers cracked the top-20 list determined by the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association on January 3, checking in at No. 17. The recognition came after they earned their first-ever win against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (19-18), a Division I squad.
CBU continued on a dominant run but was surprisingly dropped out of the top-20 when the polls were updated Wednesday. The Lancers had won four-straight duals and defeated another Division I opponent in Grand Canyon University (27-15) since January 3rd to push its winning streak to eight matches and overall record to 8-1.
California Baptist University wrestlers have continued to draw notice on an individual level. With a 13-6 record, Bryden Lazaro jumped from No. 7 to second in the division's 125-pound weight class rankings Wednesday.
Lazaro made the leap after going 4-0 since January 3 and picking up a 6-2 win over Skylor Davis, the previously top-ranked wrestler in the division from Simon Fraser.
Brady Bersano (16-4) maintained his fifth ranking at 157 after also going 4-0 since the last poll.
Saturday will be about far more than just rankings, as CBU begins its quest for a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship. The Lancers open conference competition against Western State and Adams State at 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., respectively, Saturday at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. CBU will close the road trip with a pair of nonconference duals with Central Oklahoma and Fort Hays State at noon and 2 p.m.